Sirens & Gavels

Drunken driving suspect blows .354

A suspected drunken driver arrested in Spokane on Monday had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit for driving, according to court testimony.

Donald J. Lafavor, 66, blew a .354 and was booked into Spokane County Jail about 6:15 p.m. on Monday. Details on the time and place of his drunken driving stop were not immediately available.

At first appearances today, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price called Lafavor's alcohol level "quite frankly, extraordinary."

"I can't believe that someone could be up and walking, let alone driving," Price said.

Lafavor is scheduled for trial in January on second-degree assault charges for a confrontation with two Spokane County sheriff's deputies last fall. Lafavor survived several gunshot wounds after deputies said he'd pointed a gun out the door at his East Broadway Avenue apartment after they knocked but didn't identify themselves as law enforcement.

Lafavor was given a $2,500 bond for the drunken driving charge in District Court. Price set a new $5,000 bond in his assault case and prohibited him from driving or consuming alcohol if he leaves jail. Lafavor had already posted $10,000 bond last December.




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